coredumpctl(1) — Linux manual page


COREDUMPCTL(1)                   coredumpctl                  COREDUMPCTL(1)

NAME         top

       coredumpctl - Retrieve and process saved core dumps and metadata

SYNOPSIS         top

       coredumpctl [OPTIONS...] {COMMAND} [PID|COMM|EXE|MATCH...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       coredumpctl is a tool that can be used to retrieve and process core
       dumps and metadata which were saved by systemd-coredump(8).

COMMANDS         top

       The following commands are understood:

           List core dumps captured in the journal matching specified
           characteristics. If no command is specified, this is the implied

           The output is designed to be human readable and contains a table
           with the following columns:

               The timestamp of the crash, as reported by the kernel.

               The identifier of the process that crashed.

           UID, GID
               The user and group identifiers of the process that crashed.

               The signal that caused the process to crash, when applicable.

               Information whether the coredump was stored, and whether it
               is still accessible: "none" means the core was not stored,
               "-" means that it was not available (for example because the
               process was not terminated by a signal), "present" means that
               the core file is accessible by the current user, "journal"
               means that the core was stored in the "journal", "truncated"
               is the same as one of the previous two, but the core was too
               large and was not stored in its entirety, "error" means that
               the core file cannot be accessed, most likely because of
               insufficient permissions, and "missing" means that the core
               was stored in a file, but this file has since been removed.

               The full path to the executable. For backtraces of scripts
               this is the name of the interpreter.

           It's worth noting that different restrictions apply to data saved
           in the journal and core dump files saved in
           /var/lib/systemd/coredump, see overview in systemd-coredump(8).
           Thus it may very well happen that a particular core dump is still
           listed in the journal while its corresponding core dump file has
           already been removed.

           Show detailed information about the last core dump or core dumps
           matching specified characteristics captured in the journal.

           Extract the last core dump matching specified characteristics.
           The core dump will be written on standard output, unless an
           output file is specified with --output=.

           Invoke a debugger on the last core dump matching specified
           characteristics. By default, gdb(1) will be used. This may be
           changed using the --debugger= option or the $SYSTEMD_DEBUGGER
           environment variable.

OPTIONS         top

       The following options are understood:

       -h, --help
           Print a short help text and exit.

           Print a short version string and exit.

           Do not print column headers.

           Do not pipe output into a pager.

           Show information of a single core dump only, instead of listing
           all known core dumps.

       -S, --since
           Only print entries which are since the specified date.

       -U, --until
           Only print entries which are until the specified date.

       -r, --reverse
           Reverse output so that the newest entries are displayed first.

       -F FIELD, --field=FIELD
           Print all possible data values the specified field takes in
           matching core dump entries of the journal.

       -o FILE, --output=FILE
           Write the core to FILE.

           Use the given debugger for the debug command. If not given and
           $SYSTEMD_DEBUGGER is unset, then gdb(1) will be used.

           Takes a file glob as an argument. If specified, coredumpctl will
           operate on the specified journal files matching GLOB instead of
           the default runtime and system journal paths. May be specified
           multiple times, in which case files will be suitably interleaved.

       -D DIR, --directory=DIR
           Use the journal files in the specified DIR.

       -q, --quiet
           Suppresses informational messages about lack of access to journal
           files and possible in-flight coredumps.

MATCHING         top

       A match can be:

           Process ID of the process that dumped core. An integer.

           Name of the executable (matches COREDUMP_COMM=). Must not contain

           Path to the executable (matches COREDUMP_EXE=). Must contain at
           least one slash.

           General journalctl match filter, must contain an equals sign
           ("="). See journalctl(1).

EXIT STATUS         top

       On success, 0 is returned; otherwise, a non-zero failure code is
       returned. Not finding any matching core dumps is treated as failure.

ENVIRONMENT         top

           Use the given debugger for the debug command. See the --debugger=

EXAMPLES         top

       Example 1. List all the core dumps of a program named foo

           # coredumpctl list foo

       Example 2. Invoke gdb on the last core dump

           # coredumpctl debug

       Example 3. Show information about a process that dumped core,
       matching by its PID 6654

           # coredumpctl info 6654

       Example 4. Extract the last core dump of /usr/bin/bar to a file named

           # coredumpctl -o bar.coredump dump /usr/bin/bar

SEE ALSO         top

       systemd-coredump(8), coredump.conf(5), systemd-journald.service(8),

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